CD AND OTHER RECORDINGS

Thanks to Gardiner's work becoming better known, songs he collected in Hampshire are being sung by many on the folk scene and championed by a few.

It would be impossible to list all recordings featuring songs collected from Hampshire singers, here are just a few of them, listed by release date:

Amsher Sings Hampshire Songs 2014 Amsher (No Catalogue no.) NEWLY ADDED
Local trio Amsher (Annie Winter, Anna Baldwin and Bob Askew) sing Blow the Man Down, Canada-i-o, Young Collins, Sweet Lovely Joan, Three Jolly Sportsmen, John Barleycorn, Nancy, At the Dawning of the Day, Prickly Bush, Abroad as I was Walking, Seventeen Come Sunday, Lady Maisry, It's of a Young Shopkeeper, Our Captain Cried All Hands, The Blue Cockade, Riding Down to Portsmouth as collected by George Gardiner. The CD costs just £8 and will be on sale at The Southdowns Festival or can be obtained direct from either Annie or Bob.

A. Winter's Songs 2014 Annie Winter (No Catalogue no.) NEWLY ADDED
A mixture of traditional Hampshire songs and some contemporary ones too.
10 tracks including
Farewell He, The Deserter and Lost Lady Found collected in Hampshire by George Gardiner. The CD costs just £5 and can be obtained direct from Annie

Tom Goblin 2014 Gwilym Davies (No Catalogue no.) NEWLY ADDED
Gwilym's new CD, based on many years collecting, singing and researching in England and the USA.  This is Gwilym's first solo CD for 12 years! Includes three songs collected in Hampshire: George Collins, Limbo and Tom BarbaryMore information can be found here.

Only Remembered 2014 Sarah Morgan - A Retrospective (WGS402CD) NEWLY ADDED
This album includes examples of the late Sarah Morgan’s singing in all the major collaborations to which she contributed and also includes many examples of her solo singing. More information can be found here.

Wight Cockade 2013 The Dollymopps (WGS397CD) NEWLY ADDED
This highly acclaimed trio sing songs in harmony , mostly unaccompanied, from the folk tradition of Southern England – and in particular, songs collected from their native Isle of Wight. Includes songs and tunes collected by Gardiner. More information can be found here.

From Spithead Roads 2012 Tim Radford (FTCD 211) NEWLY ADDED
Tim has done a great deal of research into Gardiner's collection and on this CD sings twenty one maritime songs, a substantial number of them previously very little-known. More information can be found here.

Gritstone Serenade 2011 Brian Peters (PUG CD 008)
Brian Peter's latest CD includes an arrangement of 10,000 miles, collected by George Gardiner from George Blake, Bitterne in 1906. More information can be found here.

Find The Lady 2010 Belshazzar's Feast TPLP1080CD
Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin's latest offering includes an arrangement of Wild Rover, collected by George Gardiner from Henry Lee, Whitchurch in 1906. More information can be found here.

Through Lonesome Woods 2010 The Askew Sisters WGS372CD
Another superb CD from Hazel and Emily Askew. On this their latest CD - officially launched on 11th April - they sing Through Lonesome Woods, collected by George Gardiner from Henry Purkiss at Cadnam in 1908 and If I Was a Blackbird, collected by Gardiner from Mrs. Etheridge in Southampton in 1906, augmented with a text from Mrs. Lee of Whitchurch. More information can be found here.

Four Across 2010 English Rebellion WGS370CD
Includes The Bonny Bunch of Roses O collected from Charles, Windebank, Lyndhurst in 1906 by George Gardiner. More information can be found here.

Hummingbird's Feather 2009 Craig Morgan Robson RVRCD10
Songs include The Drowned Lovers collected by George Gardiner from James Lake, of Dummer, nr. Basingstoke, Hampshire in 1906 and Down The Lane collected by George Gardiner from Mrs. Hopkins, Axford, Hampshire in 1907. More information can be found here.

The Axford Five CD 2009 The Askew Sisters & Craig Morgan Robson WGS364CD
Songs collected by George Gardiner in Axford, Hampshire and nearby villages, in 1907. More information can be found here.

Catches & Glees, 2009 Hannah James & Sam Sweeney RBRCD07
Kerfuffle members Hannah & Sam present a great arrangement of The Ploughboy's Dream, as collected by Gardiner from Daniel Wigg at Preston Candover in July 1907. More information can be found here.

George Blake's Legacy 2009 Tim Radford FTCD209
Tim has made a particular study of the songs of George Blake, born in Minstead in 1829. On this CD Tim sings 28 songs and recitations. More information can be found here.

Head of Steam 2009 Brass Monkey TSCD575
On this CD Martin Carthy sings Lord Nelson collected by Gardiner from Daniel Wigg, Preston Candover, in 1909. In the notes it's incorrectly credited to George Wigg, Southampton? More information can be found here.

Frost Bites 2009 Belshazzar's Feast WGS366CD
Features Hampshire Mummers' Song as sung by Kingsclere Mummers. Collected by Lucy Broadwood from Godfrey Arkwright, Kingsclere in 1897. More information can be found here.

Songbooks 2008 Paul and Liz Davenport HATRCD02
Includes Stormy Winds (Shepherds are the Cleverest Lads) collected by George Gardiner from Benjamin Arnold, Easton in 1906. More information can be found here.

This Way Up That Way Back 2008 Pitchpole Jack
Includes John Barleycorn collected from Henry King, Lyndhurst in 1906, Jolly Herring collected from James Brown, Basingstoke in 1906 and Swansea Town collected from William Randall, Hursley in 1905 by George Gardiner. More information can be found here.

All in a Garden Green 2007 Hazel and Emily Askew WGS345CD
The Askew sisters have many songs collected by Gardiner in their repertoire, George Blake's Adieu to Old England is on this CD. More information can be found here.

Sound, Sound Your Instruments of Joy 2007 The Watersons TSCD564
This collection of early carols and traditional songs associated with customs opens with God Bless The Master based on songs collected from Daniel Wigg, Preston Candover in 1909 by George Gardiner and Frank Bond, North Waltham in 1954 by Bob Copper. More information can be found here.

Pride of The Season 2007 Jack Crawford WGS357CD
includes The Bold Dragoon collected from Enos White, Axford in 1954 by Bob Copper. More information can be found here.

Wild and Undaunted 2007 Lisa Knapp Ear to the Ground
includes The Blacksmith collected from James Ray, Passfield in 1909 by George Gardiner. More information can be found here.

Stranded 2006 Craig - Morgan - Robson RVRCD08
Moira Craig, Sarah Morgan and Carolyn Robson present here another fifteen songs with many drawn from the tradition: Awake Behold (a carol from the village of Eversley), The Time has Come collected by Gardiner from William Stockley, Locksheath in 1907, Polly Vaughan collected by Gardiner from William Bone, Medstead in 1907, and The wonderful Sucking Pig collected by Gardiner from Alfred Stride, Dibden 1907 . More information can be found here.

Bedlam 2006 Geoff Jerram FTCD 208
Geoff has long championed the work of Gardiner and with Steve Jordan sings Serious Tom collected by Gardiner from James Channon, Basingstoke in 1907 on his CD. More information can be found here.

Green Fields 2006 The Watersons TSCD500
On this CD reissue of their 1981 LP The Watersons sing The Furze Field collected by Gardiner from Moses Mills, Preston Candover, in 1907. More information can be found here.

Folk Songs from Hampshire and Dorset 2005 Various local singers FTBT2CD1
Centenary reissue plus newly recorded songs Gardiner collected in Hampshire and Henry and Robert Hammond in Dorset. More information can be found here.

Peppers and Tomatoes 2005 Craig - Morgan - Robson RVRCD06
Moira Craig, Sarah Morgan and Carolyn Robson together have mastered the art of singing in close harmony. On this their debut CD we get to enjoy fifteen songs: most feature all three singers, but each provides a solo. All but three tracks are sung unaccompanied. Sarah Morgan sings Low down in the Broom, to a tune collected by Gardiner from George Smith in Fareham in 1906 and words collected by Gardiner from James Channon at Ellisfield, nr Basingstoke in 1907. More information can be found here.

Flame of Fire 2004 Brass Monkey TSCD550
Includes the song Limbo collected by Gardiner from James Brooman, Upper Farringdon, in 1908. More information can be found here.

In Paper Houses 2004 Pete Coe BASH CD53
Includes An Acre of Land collected from William Mason, Easton in 1906 by George Gardiner. More information can be found here.

The Trees Scarce Green 2003 Steve Jordan FTCD206
Steve has done much to further the work of Gardiner and on his CD sings The Penny Wager collected by Gardiner from William Tod, Porstmouth in 1907. There are also songs from local songwriters Graham Penny and Mike Sadler. More information can be found here.

Anglicana 2002 Eliza Carthy TSCD539
Includes the song Limbo collected by Gardiner from James Brooman, Upper Farringdon, in 1908. More information can be found here.

You're On Nipper 2002 Dave Williams FT2CD201
Pooks Green born Dave did much to promote Hampshire songs and folklore. On this double CD he sings self-penned songs alongside songs of the locality by his brother-in-law, Mike Sadler. He sings All Through The Beer collected from Charles Chivers in Basingstoke, by Gardiner in 1906 and Rolling in the Dew and While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping collected from Charles Bull snr, by Gardiner in Marchwood in 1907. Dave also sings The Streams of Lovely Nancy as collected by Bob Copper in 1954 from Victor 'Turp' Brown of Cheriton. Songs from local songwriters Graham Penny and Tony Brode are also performed. More information can be found here.

There's a Clear Crystal Fountain 2002 Gwilym Davies
Gwilym performs songs he collected from traditional singers in Hampshire and beyond. More information can be found here.

Beneath Our Changing Sky 2001 Test Valley Community Choirs WGS302CD
An anthology of songs from Hampshire sources, past and present, performed by local choirs, the Andover Museum Loft Singers and the Broughton Village Choir, which are both situated in the Test Valley district of Hampshire . More information can be found here.

Mearcstapa 1999 Pete Castle MATSO22
Thirteen English traditional songs, two instrumentals, one English, one Rumanian. Pete sings Through Lonesome Woods,
collected by George Gardiner from Henry Purkiss at Cadnam in 1908. More information can be found here.

Many local singers have songs collected by Gardiner in their repertoire. The song goes on.....

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Recordings of some of the singers collected from by Bob Copper were released on LP by Topic in 1977. Songs & Southern Breezes 12T317. More information can be found here.

Songs recorded in Hampshire issued on Songs & Southern Breezes

False Lankey - George Fosbury, Axford
Cruel Lincoln - Ben Butcher, Popham
The Silver Pin - Mrs Chapman, North Waltham
The 'Chiner's (Sheeners) song - Frank Bond, North Waltham
God Bless the Master of this House - Frank Bond, North Waltham
The Prickle Holly Bush - Fred Hewett, Mapledurwell
Three Maidens a milking did go - Fred Hewett, Mapledurwell
George Collins - Enos White, Axford
In Sheffield Park - Ben Butcher, Popham
The Streams of Lovely Nancy - Victor 'Turp' Brown, Cheriton
As broad as I was walking - Victor 'Turp' Brown, Cheriton
Six Jolly Miners - Victor 'Turp' Brown, Cheriton

Peter Kennedy issued some of Bob Copper's recordings on cassette: More information can be found here. Since Peter Kennedy's death in 2006, Folktrax recordings are currently not available.

Three Maidens A-Milking Folktracks 60-426

Three Maidens a milking did go - Fred Hewett, Mapledurwell
The Bold Dragoon - Enos White, Axford
Old Johnny Buckle - Mrs. Hewett, Mapledurwell
The Three Butchers - George Fosbury, Axford
Enos White talking about his life
In Sheffield Park - Ben Butcher, Popham
False Lankey - George Fosbury, Axford
Cruel Lincoln - Ben Butcher, Popham
The 'Chiner's (Sheeners) song - Frank Bond, North Waltham
Ground for the Floor - Steve Goodall, Mapledurwell
Barbara Allen - Steve Goodall, Mapledurwell
So a broad as I was walking - Victor 'Turp' Brown, Cheriton
Madam Will You Walk? - Mrs Chapman, North Waltham
The Prickle Holly Bush - Fred Hewett, Mapledurwel
The Miller's Daughter - Jim Barrett, North Waltham
The Game Cock - Frank Cole, North Waltham
When Jone's Ale Was New - Fred Hewett, Mapledurwell
Spencer The Rover - Jim Barrett, North Waltham
Six Jolly Miners - Victor 'Turp' Brown, Cheriton
George Collins - Enos White, Axford
The Streams of Lovely Nancy - Victor 'Turp' Brown, Cheriton
O Mortal Man Remember Thou - Frank Bond, North Waltham

A few of Bob Copper's recordings, along with those of other local collectors Gwilym Davies and Paul Marsh, can be heard on Topic Records' Voice of The People 20 CD set, first released in 1998. More information can be found here.

Come Let us Buy the License TSCD651
Turp Brown - Abroad As I Was Walking
My Ship Shall sail the Oceon TSCD652
Turp Brown - The Streams of Lovely Nancy
O'er His Grave the Grass Grew Green TSCD653
Ben Butcher - Cruel Lincoln, Fred Hewett - The Prickle Holly Bush, Enos White - George Collins
Who's That At My Bedroom Window? TSCD660
Fred Hewett - Three Maidens To Milking Did Go

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There's a Clear Crystal Fountain 2002 Gwilym Davies
Gwilym performs songs he collected from traditional singers in Hampshire and beyond. More information can be found here.

Let This Room be Cheerful 1991 Bob Mills, Alresford
Paul Marsh's field recordings of traditional singer Bob Mills b.1906. Released on Forest Tracks on cassette. It is intended that this will be transferred to CD-R but currently it is unavailable.

Songs of a Hampshire Man 1982 Bob Mills, Alresford
The life and songs of Bob Mills. Recordings by Sam Richards, Tish Stubbs and Paul Marsh. Issued on People's Stage Tapes, Totnes, Devon. No longer available.

Where does Father Christmas Go To..? 1993 Sam Bond, North Waltham
Paul Marsh's field recordings of traditional singer, mouth-organ player and Christmas mummer, Sam Bond. b.1906. Issued on cassette on Forest Tracks. More information can be found here.

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PORTSMOUTH: HUNG, DRAWN AND QUARTERED
A FOLK OPERA featuring local singers,
written by Paul Hawkins and Adge Henshaw.

The 1970s folk scene gave us another way to enjoy folk songs - The Folk Opera. "The Tale of Ale" - The history, in song and story, of the English and their beer and ale in 1976; Peter Bellamy’s “The Transports - a Ballad Opera” - a work that is now recognised as one of the true masterpieces of the Folk Revival, in 1977 and Larkrise to Candleford, an adaptation of the books by Flora Thompson in 1979. All featured legendary figures from the British Folk Revival of the 1970s, performing songs and music linked by a narrative.
Inspired by these Paul Hawkins and Adge Henshaw wrote a local folk opera - 'Portsmouth; Hung, Drawn and Quartered' in 1977. This potted history of Portsmouth, was linked with narrative and songs, old and new, by well known figures on the Portsmouth area folk scene including Tom Lewis, Sooty Broughton, “Dolly” Gray, and Maria Barton.
A recording of 'Portsmouth; Hung Drawn and Quartered' made by Shep Woolley in 1979 and broadcast on Radio Victory has just come to light. It features some fine renditions by persons at the peak of their ability and two or three songs not recorded elsewhere and can be listened to by clicking here.

Portsmouth; Hung, Drawn and Quartered was written for a competition to write a local folk opera as part of the 1977 'Folk Under Aries' Folk Festival in Romsey.
Other folk operas entered were: 'Danger! Lobsters!, written about Hampshire's Press Gangs, who pressed (often forcibly) men into naval service on the King's ships. 'Fierce Fighting at Cheriton' written about The Battle of Cheriton which was an important Parliamentarian victory in the English Civil War. It took place on 29 March 1644. And 'Poaching Menace', written about the constant battle between the poachers and the authorities in the New Forest.

If anyone has further information/memories about these folk operas, which were written by local folk clubs and featured singers from each club, please get in touch. folkoperas@forest-tracks.co.uk

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